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Port back on track (Cambrian News)

The future of Porthmadog FC belongs in the League of Wales, according to its chairman Bob Havelock. Geraint Jones reports

THE League of Wales is still the place to be, despite proposals from some North Wales clubs to return to England, according to Bob Havelock.

Porthmadog FC's chairman does admit that Rhyl and Bangor City's possible defection to the English pyramid system would be a major blow to the LOW, however. "It would have a great effect, as Bangor and Rhyl are two of the league's biggest sides," he said.

Although survival in the LOW is difficult, Mr. Havelock thinks the club is building the foundations to progress into the top-flight. "We're going to add tip-up seats to the Pike Stand to conform with league requirements," explained Mr. Havelock.

"Myself and other people at the club are working seven days a week to make the club a success."

Mr. Havelock also believes the promise of European football is a good enough incentive to stay in Wales.

"If you can get there, Europe is a big financial boost to a football club," said Mr. Havelock. "It's where the money is.

The league itself has its own part to play in keeping clubs in Wales, according to Mr. Havelock.

"The League of Wales could do with a big sponsor to put the competition on a better footing," he explained.

Although achieving promotion and then remaining in the League of Wales will be a tough task for Porthmadog, their chairman thinks it is definitely the way forward.

"It's harder for us to get sponsors than, say, Bangor," said Mr. Havelock. "But we've got our minds set on promotion."



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